Albums/EPs

ALBUM: The Dollyrots – Whiplash Splash

Release Date: March 24th 2017
Label: Arrested Youth Records
Website: www.dollyrots.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedollyrots
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedollyrots

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Bubblegum-punk duo The Dollyrots are back with an impressive sixth studio album, ‘Whiplash Splash’, a relentlessly upbeat album that manages at once to cast reflective gaze back at a genre all but lost to history, while simultaneously providing enough innovation to keep you fist-pumping the whole way through.

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ALBUM: Vukovi – Vukovi

Release Date: March 10th 2017
Label: LAB Records
Website: www.vukovi.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vukoviband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/vukoviband

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Scottish four-piece Vukovi are steadily making a name for themselves on the music scene, recently signing to LAB Records and making several festival appearances. This has culminated in the release of their debut self-titled album, aiming to create some momentum and lay a solid foundation for the band to branch out from with future releases, which with their quirky, exciting trademark sound shouldn’t be too difficult.

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ALBUM: Ed Sheeran – ÷

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: Asylum Records/Atlantic Records
Website: www.edsheeran.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/edsheeran
Twitter: www.twitter.com/edsheeran

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It’s been nearly six years since Ed Sheeran released his debut, ‘+’, catapulting his career to meteoric levels of success. His next album ‘x’ only continued this trend, achieving incredible worldwide acclaim utilising Sheeran‘s impressive vocal capabilities with heartfelt relatable lyrics and several catchy numbers thrown in for good measure.

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ALBUM: Horisont – About Time

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Century Media Records
Website: www.horisontmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/horisontmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/horisontmusic

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‘About Time’ is Swedish hard rock quintet Horisont‘s fifth studio album. It’s a release with lyrical content that focuses on the subject and theme time travel, but not only do the lyrics focus on this subject, the band’s sound, image… well, pretty much everything about this band is taken from the past.

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ALBUM: Halflives – Empty Rooms

Release Date: April 14th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wehavehalflives
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wehavehalflives

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Italian quintet Halflives are a band that are starting to make waves. Soon to be heading out on the road in the UK next month, the band have released their debut album, ‘Empty Rooms’. The album is a product of 18 months of work and a very successful crowdfunding campaign which gathered 200% of the band’s target, showcasing the fan base that they’re beginning to gather.

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ALBUM: The Dirty Nil – Minimum R&B

Release Date: April 28th 2017
Label: Fat Wreck Chords / Dine Alone Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedirtynil
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedirtynil

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The Dirty Nil‘s ‘Minimum R&B’ gives one of the best modern performances of old school, sleazy, and dirty rock and roll. While they drew some controversy in signing to Fat Wreck Chords, the band still incorporate an essence of punkiness within their distorted vintage sound.

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ALBUM: Ghouls – Run

Release Date: May 5th 2017
Label: 1471 Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ghoulsuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ghoulsuk

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Back in 2003, I was on holiday in America and I bought my first Less Than Jake album, ‘Anthem’. As soon as opening track ‘Welcome To The New South’ hit my ears, a song which talks of isolation, rejection, feelings of loneliness, I knew I’d found a band who I could relate to and got me, and it brought me a lot of comfort to know that others were going what I went through.

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EP: Peaness – Are You Sure?

Release Date: May 5th 2017
Label: Alcopop! Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peanessband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/peanessband

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I dunno about you, but I’m already gearing up for summer. This is probably due in part to the fact that it’s April, the sun is (sort of) out, and we’ve just had a shit-tonne of bank holidays. But, it feels like Chester based three-piece Peaness have also played a significant role in the summer feeling pre-game thanks to their belter of an EP, ‘Are You Sure?’.

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EP: Group Of Man – World Peace Champions

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Holy Roar Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groupofman
Twitter: www.twitter.com/groupofmanband

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‘World Peace Champions’ is the second helping that people get into the minds of Group Of Man; a fresh outfit consisting of former members from Hang The Bastard, Pariso, Mine, and Tempers Fray. So, just by looking at the line-up, you can already get a sense of what this band are going to be about.

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EP: Brightlight City – Our Future’s Not Dead

Release Date: April 7th 2017
Label: Undead Collective Records
Website: www.brightlightcityofficial.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brightlightcityofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/blcband

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‘Our Future’s Not Dead’ is a 4-track EP from alternative rock quintet, Brightlight City. Clocking in at just shy of a quarter of an hour, this sharp-edged record doesn’t break the mould or give any great insights, but is held together by a fun energy that runs all the way through.

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